Jay Leno joked during his Tonight Show monologue on Monday night, “What a crowd! You sound as happy as Mark Geragos when he heard he didn’t have to defend Michael Jackson anymore! That’s the big story – Michael and Mark Geragos have split up. Apparently Michael’s upset with Geragos because he wouldn’t play ball. He also wouldn’t play tag, hide-n-seek, or kick the can. Actually the other rumor is that Mark Geragos quit. See that’s when you know you’re in trouble, when you’re lawyer looks at both his big cases and decides Scott Peterson may be the more innocent one.”
Jackson’s Lawyer Has Noteworthy Past Cases
April 27, 2004 – Jeannette Walls of MSNBC.com reports Michael Jackson’s new attorney in his child molestation case, Thomas Mesereau, Jr., is not only the man who briefly represented Robert Blake, but he also represented a former member of the infamous Symbionese Liberation Army – the group best known for kidnapping heiress Patricia Hearst. In addition, Mesereau met with Charles Manson in the mid ’90s and considered representing the cult leader. Read more.
Jacko Gets $250K For ‘Thriller’ Rights In ’30 Going On 30′
April 27, 2004 – The New York Daily News reports Revolution Studios paid Michael Jackson and his record label Sony about $250,000 for the rights to use ‘Thriller’ in the hit flick ’13 Going On 30′. When asked to comment on Jackson’s movie gains, his music adviser Charles Koppelman said, “This is a small indication of the earnings power of Michael Jackson. His assets are always working and earning for him.”
Nation Of Islam, Jermaine On The Outs With Jacko
April 27, 2004 – The New York Daily News reports Leonard Muhammad of the Nation of Islam did not figure in the decision by Michael Jackson to replace his attorneys Mark Geragos and Benjamin Brafman with Thomas Mesereau, a source close to the Jackson camp said. “In fact, Muhammad’s probably on his way out of the inner circle,” the source said. Also, Jackson has told Muhammad’s security detail to beat it and has hired a private security firm to watch his back, the source said. Jackson’s brother Jermaine also appears to be on the outs.
Jacko Whackos His Team
April 26, 2004 – The New York Daily News reports Michael Jackson’s camp claimed he told defense lawyers Mark Geragos and Benjamin Brafman to beat it yesterday and replaced them with his original “first choice” Thomas Mesereau. Brafman insisted he and Geragos leaped and were not pushed. “It’s time for a new attorney, and Tom Mesereau is the best man for the job,” said Jackson family adviser Brian Oxman.